Rescue the Perishing

I think we are often uncomfortable in the way we speak about witnessing Christ to others and our roles as “soul-winners”. It is biblical and true, of course, to think of ourselves primarily as “ambassadors for Christ” (Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Cor. 5:20 ESV) And so, we could be content to view ourselves as representatives with an interest in speaking the cause of Christ but with a (perhaps) dispassionate view of the person we are reaching out to…

Fanny Crosby, the great gospel hymn-writer of the 19th century had no qualms about calling us to “rescue the perishing”. In one of her most moving hymns, she calls for us to passionately, even desperately, seek and save the lost.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;

Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,

Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.


Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,

Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;

Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,

Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.

(repeat chorus)

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;

Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;

Back to the narrow way patiently win them;

Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

(repeat chorus)


Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;

Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

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